Steadily rising indie quintet, The Goa Express, announced their hotly anticipated self-titled debut album, which will arrive in October via Communion, following a summer of festival appearances and headline shows across Europe.
Their debut album will feature new single ‘Talking About Stuff.’ A melodic and sunny counterpart to the spikey punk of recent offering, ‘Good Luck Charm’, ‘Talking About Stuff’ packs a similar bleary-eyed balladry to early live favourites like ‘Second Time’.
Both tasters from the debut album have seen playlisting from BBC 6 Music and The Goa Express will punctuate the release of ‘Talking about Stuff’ with headline performances at YES in Manchester and London’s The Lower Third on 26th and 31st May respectively.
‘Talking About Stuff’ arrives alongside a visualiser shot at The Goa Express’ recent homecoming show at The Golden Lion in Todmorden.
The Goa Express, led by Clarke alongside his brother Joe and best friends Joey, Naham and Sam, met as young teenagers in Burnley. Growing up in the rural shadow of England’s industrial north, music was a means of escape and nourished their friendship. Their shared experiences including late gigs at The Golden Lion in Todmorden and camping underneath the cliffs at Hebden Bridge shaped their collective attitudes and behaviours and, ultimately, the sound and spirit of their band.
Post-lockdown, the five-piece hit the ground running, playing over a hundred UK/EU gigs in 2022, including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude and The Great Escape.
It was in the immediate wake of their Glastonbury debut that recent single ‘Portrait’ was put together in the Welsh village of Raglan, with the boys returning to the studio six months later to record ‘Talking About Stuff’ and ‘Good Luck Charm’ early in 2023. Both new tracks have seen Ocean Colour Scene’s Damon Minchella pairing with Tom Manning on production duties.
There is a sense of melody and a looseness in the music that brings to mind Supergrass or The La’s (for the online generation) but it is all delivered with a forward-facing urgency that places the band firmly in the year 2023. Any new young guitar band – especially from the North of England– is naturally cast into a sea of references and comparisons before barely getting a chord out. But in truth, The Goa Express are confidently breaking free of these and taking their own strides towards adding a fresh chapter to the story of modern British guitar pop.
Punctuating their status as burgeoning hometown heroes, The Goa Express can be seen performing to thousands at Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium in Bank of Dave, Netflix UK’s most watched film upon release week.
Catch The Goa Express live at the dates below:Tickets available here from 10am Friday 26th May
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20th Get Together Festival, Sheffield, UK
26th YES Basement, Manchester, UK
27th Neighbourhood Weekender Festival, Manchester, UK
28th In It Together Festival, Port Talbot, UK
29th Primavera Sound Festival (a la Ciutat), Barcelona, ES
31st The Lower Third, London, UK
28th-30th Watt En Schlick Festival, Varel, DE
9th Confessional Music and Arts Festival, Blackburn, UK
3rd Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavík, IS
9th Rough Trade, Nottingham, UK
10th Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
11th Workmans Club, Dublin, IRE
13th Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
14th Yellow Arch, Sheffield, UK
15th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
17th New Century, Manchester, UK
18th District, Liverpool, UK
19th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
21st Exchange, Bristol, UK
22nd Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
23rd Scala, London, UK
24th Komedia Studio, Brighton, UK